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Principal or Senior Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls

Requisition ID: R10042718

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems is looking for a Principal or Senior Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls to support the Systems Engineering organization in Redondo Beach, CA.

Position Overview:

The selected candidate will support research and development of flight control algorithms for manned and unmanned air vehicles.  This is a dynamic and fun organization involved in deploying forward-leaning avionics, guidance, navigation, and control systems for many of the newer concepts in development for air vehicles, weapons, and many more platforms.

Essential Duties: 

  • Stability and control analysis and preliminary control design synthesis.
  • Perform Control Sizing, and Control Power analysis.
  • Support inner-loop and outer-loop control development.
  • Perform modeling and analysis using Matlab/Simulink.
  • Develop high-fidelity 6 Degree of Freedom simulations to verify performance.
  • Lead and manage projects accomplished by small, highly skilled teams plus the abilities to communicate clearly with customers and project management, and manage subcontractors.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

***This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls level or Senior Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls Engineer level ***

Basic Qualifications Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree in STEM and 3 years of related engineering experience, or 0 years of related engineering experience with a PhD in STEM.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently and be knowledgeable of system architectures, flight control and autonomy design requirements, and simulation, and modeling techniques. 
  • Perform analysis using C/C++ or Matlab/Simulink.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with strong technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders.
  • Active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required, with the ability to obtain Special Program Access (PAR/SPA).

Basic Qualifications Senior Principal Engineer Guidance Navigation Controls: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 9 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM with 7 years of related engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with 4 years of related engineering experience.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently and be knowledgeable of system architectures, flight control and autonomy design requirements, and simulation, and modeling techniques. 
  • Perform analysis using C/C++ or Matlab/Simulink.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with strong technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders.
  • Active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required, with the ability to obtain Special Program Access (PAR/SPA).

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering discipline from an accredited university
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (PAR/SPA). 

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,500 USD - $188,300 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.